I am a second year medical student at Tulane School of Medicine. I worked with Dr. Kennedy and his team over the summer after my first year of medical school. While at HSS I worked on a number of studies, many of which have since been accepted for publication. During my time on board, I was fortunate to be surrounded by other bright, young minds interested in making their contribution to and learning more about the field of orthopedic surgery. With Dr. Kennedy we learned how to conduct research of the highest quality – research that was both important to field and well done. The experience also afforded us the opportunity to improve our diagnostic skills and patient care. I learned more than I could have ever imagined possible this summer, but amongst all of the things I took away from the experience, one thing in particular stood out. Dr. Kennedy is everything you could ask for in a mentor. He challenges his students to be more inquisitive, more thoughtful and more adaptable. With Dr. Kennedy patient care always comes first, but I always felt that our learning was a close second. He is fiercely dedicated to his students, and in turn we are fiercely dedicated to him. Thank you, Dr. Kennedy.